Art of the Mundane
Challenge series hosted by Slynky. Challenges start on Thursdays.
One of my goals in photography is to find something interesting or artistic about things the average person walks past or never really notices. The idea is to have someone look at my photo and think, "Interesting..." or, "That's actually quite nice...". You might consider hanging such a photo on a wall in your dining room or in your living room or maybe not. But if I or you can find such an opportunity, photograph it, and have a viewer say, "That's cool !", then you have found art in a mundane subject. (a series of 9 challenges)
Finished (6 challenges)
Winners announced: 2nd August, 2012 GMT
Winner: box shades
Let's see if we can make boxes interesting. It can be a single box, stacked boxes, crumpled boxes, colored boxes, or plain boxes but it must be thick paper or cardboard. NOT ALLOWED: Plastic boxes, wooden boxes, glass boxes, metal boxes...well, you understand--ONLY stiff paper and cardboard boxes. Also, the focus/subject of the photo must be the box/boxes. If my eyes find other parts of the...
Winners announced: 12th July, 2012 GMT
Winner: Morning Dune
Let's see how beautiful sand can be. This can be desert sand, beach sand, play sand, builders' sand, or sand drifts/piles. The sand must be the subject of the photo, though. DON'T, for example, enter a photo of a big beautiful rock in the middle of some sand. DON'T, for example, enter a photo of a bunch of cactus flowers that just happen to be in some sand. The main concern is that it is...
Winners announced: 28th June, 2012 GMT
Winner: Scary Shadow
Shadows seem to be nearly everywhere. Find and photograph an interesting and artistic shadow BUT ONLY the shadow and not the thing that casts the shadow. For example, a curved vase shadow (but NOT the vase). The shadow of a tree (but NOT the tree). For interest, find shadows on wals, on sidewalks AND walls, on stairs, and on other objects. -+- TIP The shadow(s) should work in harmony with the...
Winners announced: 14th June, 2012 GMT
Winner: Over the Marsh
FOOTPATH, n. 1. a path for people going on foot. a narrow path for walkers only 2. British. footway -+- Many times, people walk along a footpath and never notice the beauty of it. Show me a photo that has an obvious footpath in it for humans to walk on, like (for instance) a hiking trail. This may be stepping stones or bare dirt that has been beaten down by hundreds of walkers (for...
Winners announced: 31st May, 2012 GMT
Boring subjects, no doubt. So, can you make a typical hand garden rake or hand shovel an interesting photo? Use either or both tools. Show a line of them. Use brand new ones or old rusty ones. Or bent ones. Color or B&W. Maybe some long shadows. Perhaps a closeup. -+- This photo should have NO humans in it. -+- This photo should NOT contain shovels and rakes mounted on farm tractors or...
1. Empty Room
Winners announced: 17th May, 2012 GMT
Find the artistic value of an empty room. This means no furniture, storage, people, animals, and other things left in the room. You should make use of light, shadows, color, contrast, angles, geometry, openings etc. to create your photo.
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